An IL-76TD-90VD freighter owned by Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered a 23-ton generator rotor for power production from East Midlands Airport in the UK to Saint Johns, Canada.
The single-piece shipment was loaded at East Midlands using the airline’s specialist loading equipment and a 50-tonne crane. In order to make the rotor safe and secure for carriage, Volga-Dnepr worked with the shipper – Brush Electrical Machines - to design a suitable packing and stowage system because the existing skid under the rotor would not have been strong enough to resist the G-forces during the flight.
Following technical discussions with the customer’s engineers and careful calculations, Volga-Dnepr’s experts helped to design a simple yet strong bearing to enable secure lashing of the cargo. The bearing was promptly produced by the specialists at Brush Electrical Machines, the rotor manufacturer, and the cargo was safely delivered to Canada.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines carried out the flight on behalf of Pinnacle International Freight.
Georgy Sokolov, Volga-Dnepr UK’s Regional Sales Manager, stated: “The most challenging part of the task was to meet the delivery deadline. Our engineering specialists got to work quickly with the customer and our combined expertise ensured a safe and on-time arrival of the rotor in Saint Johns.”